Definitions of intervene

  1. get involved, usually so as to hinder or halt an action; " Why did the U. S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"
  2. occur between other event or between certain points of time; " the war intervened between the birth of her two children"
  3. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; " Why did the U. S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"
  4. be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events; " This interludes intervenes between the two movements"; " Eight days intervened"
  5. To separate.
  6. To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
  7. To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
  8. In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
  9. To come between.
  10. A coming between; intervention; meeting.
  11. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; - followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
  12. To come or be situated; interfere.
  13. To come or be between: to occur between points of time: to happen so as to interrupt: to interpose.
  14. Intervention.
  15. To come between; interpose.
  16. To come or be between things; interfere; interpose; interrupt.
  17. To come, be or lie between; to occur between points of time or events, and sometimes to interrupt; to interpose.
  18. To come or be between persons or things; to happen between acts or events; to interpose.

Usage examples for intervene

  1. There we are inferior; while if we are to practise and become a match for them, time must intervene – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  2. So my advice, indeed, was not to intervene in such a case, and the Prefet did me the honor to agree with my remarks. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  3. Again his Lordship was forced to intervene – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  4. He was going to intervene – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  5. I was only speaking of the natural consequences of the present state of affairs, should nothing intervene to prevent such a conclusion." – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  6. It is not my intention to intervene in a dispute as to the meaning of certain phrases in ancient literature; but there are certain aspects of the problems at issue which are so intimately related to my main theme as to make some reference to them unavoidable. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  7. Few men at his age were called upon to stand in the place of a parent to a young girl, to intervene in her affairs, and to decide who was and who was not a proper person to pretend to her acquaintance. – A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories by William D. Howells
  8. Throw in a pretty girl, and the old fellow and the young one will both fall in love with her; or let fame or danger intervene the words of the father of Admetus will be yours: You love to see the light. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece by Various
  9. The authorities tell us that, unless some cosmic accident intervene the earth will remain habitable by man for at least ten million years. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe
  10. Whatever time or space may intervene I will not be a stranger in this scene. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  11. I’ m your mother, and if I intervene at all, it must be in the way of helping you to come together and not of putting you apart. –  by
  12. No comma should intervene between the final adjective and the noun. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  13. After the noun half, we usually suppress this preposition, if an article intervene as, " half a dollar," rather than, " half of a dollar," or " a dollar's half." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. 30. But sanctification must intervene first. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  15. Many a water- shed may intervene between the starting- point of each erratic or pebble and its final resting- place, and the only means of discovering the country from which it took its departure will consist in a careful comparison of its mineral or fossil contents with those of the parent rocks. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  16. And while we cannot justify, we cannot intervene – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  17. On her return she was to go at once to Park Lane, and sleep there for the two nights which would intervene before the departure of the Pallisers. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  18. Stella was on the point of starting up to intervene but Monck stopped her with a word. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  19. Yes, she exclaimed, before I leave this scene, Death will appear,- the warning intervene – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore